Concern for the number of hits Robert Griffin III has absorbed over the first three weeks of the season reached a fever pitch Monday morning on sports talk radio, blogs and sports pages.But you know who insists hes not concerned about the seemingly inordinate number of times the Redskins quarterback has been forced to peel himself off the turf?Griffin.Rookie bravado? Perhaps. But his comments after Sundays 38-31 loss to the Bengals provided an interesting glimpse into his psyche.Ive never played scared in my life and it doesnt matter how many times I get hit, he said. Im going to continue to get back up. Even if they have to cart me off the field, Im going to get off the cart and walk away.On Sunday, the hits Griffin absorbed were a combination of game planning and poor protection. Griffin was sacked six times, and according to NFL stats, the Bengals laid 13 hits on him during pass attempts. Griffin also received a number of hits on the 12 times he carried the football, particularly on option plays.Through three games, Griffin has rushed 32 times, which puts him tied for 26thin the league. Hes the only quarterback on that list. Next, in fact, is Carolinas Cam Newton at No. 39 with 24.Coach Mike Shanahan pointed out after the game that just because a quarterback carries the ball it doesnt mean the run ends with a tackle or even a hit. But what cant be argued is that exposing Griffin so often drives up the probability that the franchises most important player will eventually absorb a blow resulting in injury.A lot of people outside of Redskins Park are worried.Griffin, however, is not.One is too many, to be honest, he said, asked how many hits constitutes too many. Im not trying to be funny. As a quarterback, youre a stationary target most of the time. When youre a mobile QB, the teams are still going to come after you even more because they feel like if they get a sack on a mobile quarterback, it counts as more. Thats just their mindset when they go into the game. Like I said, one is too many, but the one thing I wont do personally is quit of play scared.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 24, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call, 3 p.m.
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 12
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 19
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 30
Injures of note: G Brandon Scherff (knee) will have MRI today; OT Trent Williams (knee) aggravated previous injury; OLB Preston Smith (groin); CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring); CB Josh Holsey (chest).
Postgame injury report here; Jay Gruden will update injuries in 3 p.m. media conference call.
Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles
—Fred Davis 31-yard reception in the second quarter set up the Redskins’ first touchdown. His first one led to a field goal that opened the scoring for the Redskins. The fountain of youth continues to flow for the 33-year-old tight end.
—The Redskins were keeping Carson Wentz off balance by applying pressure and either getting to him with the sack or forcing him to get rid of the ball off balance. But on a second and 16 play in the second quarter they didn’t blitz and Wentz had all day to launch a 64-yard TD bomb to Mack Hollins to tie the score at 10. Greg Manusky has to mix things up but going away from what was working cost the Redskins here.
—Down by 14, the Redskins cobbled together a third-quarter drive after their defense had held the Eagles to a three and out for the first time since the second quarter. It got going when Cousins scrambled for eight years and took a hit to convert a third down. The drive was capped by two Cousins passed to Jordan Reed, the second on a five-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-17.
—But the momentum swing was very temporary. It looked like the Redskins had Wentz sacked on third down. But somehow, he popped out of a pile of pass rushers and bolted for 17 yards. The air seemed to go out of the balloon for the Redskins. The Eagles capped to drive with a TD to restore the two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Redskins fans may want to avoid NFL highlight shows all week; you’ll see that play a lot.
—There still was time left for the Redskins to mount a miracle comeback. But Cousins threw a pass that went right to safety Cory Graham. It was nowhere near a receiver. To be fair, Cousins did get his but still it was a bad pass and it ended the competitive phase of the game.
Tandler on Twitter
The #Redskins have run six plays since they took a 10-3 lead. The Eagles have run 23.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) October 24, 2017
From the locker room
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The Redskins went into Lincoln Financial Field somewhat banged up. They left in worse shape than they were when they arrived.
The most significant injury seemed to be to guard Brandon Scherff. Coach Jay Gruden said that he had an MCL injury and that he will get an MRI on Tuesday. He left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. Scherff rarely takes plays off and the feeling is that he could have a significant injury. He headed to the team bus to the airport with a brace on the knee.
OT Trent Williams came into the game with a patella injury in his knee and he aggravated it late in the game, missing the Redskins’ last couple of possessions. He did not practice all week to rest the injury. We will see as the week goes by if the injury will allow Williams to continue to play.
OT Morgan Moses sprained both ankles and he returned to the game after each injury. He undoubtedly will be very sore tomorrow and we will see how he recovers.
The other reported injuries were more minor in nature, although they could cost the players some games. CB Fabian Moreau had a hamstring strain and he left the game. OLB Preston Smith, who has been one of the team’s best pass rushers this year, left the game with a groin strain. He attempted to return but he had to go back out. CB Josh Holsey had a chest contusion and he returned after going to the locker room to be examined.